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How do child support agencies enforce an order Wisconsin?

Many custodial parents and their children who live in Wisconsin are recipients of child support. The money received takes care of the educational, medical and every day expenses of a child. Therefore, in order to preserve the best interests of the child, child support agencies in the state put forth their best efforts to ensure that all child support orders issued by the court are strictly enforced.

Local child support agencies in Wisconsin monitor all child support cases in order to ensure that non-custodial parents comply with court orders. In case of delinquencies, the agency is empowered to take action against that individual. It is important to understand that cases for collecting back child support can be filed as late as 20 years after the youngest child mentioned in the child support order reaches the age of 18 years.

The discovery process during property division

Wisconsin couples know that divorce brings in its wake not only emotional turbulence, but also financial upheavals. As soon as the divorcing spouses file the divorce papers, the court will ask for information related to their financial, economic and personal situations. They will need to reveal their assets and related financial information, including property, income and debt. This exchange is known as the "discovery" process.

This exchange of information between the court, individuals and their attorneys is the starting point of property division. The court also will make decisions about alimony and child support, in the event tha thte parties do not agree. This discovery process can also take place through informal exchanges of information by the divorcing couples and their attorneys.

Divorces are difficult but planning can help

Love and the glorious prospects of a happy life often influence people, young and old, to tie the knot. However, after marriage, many people realize that their decision to get married may not have been the correct one. The reasons behind this are innumerable and, therefore, many couples in Wisconsin and elsewhere file for divorce. At this stage, couples usually face a number of unique emotional and financial challenges. The challenges are even more complicated if the marriage was long and if the couple has children.

Many Wisconsin couples who have gone through a divorce would agree that, at the time of separation, bitterness between spouses can often make the divorce process very difficult. Issues such as property division and alimony are some areas that are often highly contested. Again, if the couple has children, then in addition to monetary matters, child custody and the child support arrangements are also a major point of concern for separating couples.

Alimony laws draw criticism in the wake of Robin Williams's death

The current divorce rate in the United States is quite startling. Reportedly, as many as half of all marriages end in divorce. Those statistics seem to indicate that it is impossible to claim that divorce is uncommon is Wisconsin or any state, for that matter. The end of a marriage can trigger a wave of implications, including financial as well as personal. Child support, custody and property division seem to be among the most frequently addressed subjects. Alimony or spousal support can also form an integral part of a divorce proceeding and may lead to much controversy.

Alimony and a call for reformation of laws relating to it have currently been brought into the spotlight by journalists and media figures after, oddly enough, the controversy surrounding the death of actor Robin Williams. A prominent columnist with a leading daily newspaper recently commented that the millions Williams had to pay in alimony to his multiple ex-wives may have been a contributing factor to his tragic suicide.

What does a Wisconsin parent need to know about child custody?

Child Custody addresses the physical possession of a child, where that child will live and appoints the primary decision-making legal guardian for a child. It is the presumption of Wisconsin law that joint legal custody is the best option when it comes to the interests of a child affected by divorce. Joint legal custody is the default option for courts unless it is found that legal custody awarded to a particular parent would be detrimental to the child.

When awarding joint custody, a court may identify the kinds of decisions it considers to be important or major decisions. The court may segregate responsibilities between parents and assign each separate duties of child care. Parents may also be asked to mutually agree on all decisions they make about their child's upbringing.

How is child support determined in Wisconsin?

The end of a marriage may carry with it many consequences. Emotions are often on edge and it is usually a difficult time for everyone involved. In Wisconsin, the social implications and the financial impact of a divorce can have far-reaching effects as well. Property division and spousal support may be among the major matters of concern in a divorce proceeding, but for couples with children, seeking a divorce can bring the additional legal complications posed by child custody and child support issues.

Generally speaking, child support is paid by the non-custodial parent to the parent who has physical custody of the child and the amount is determined by what is in the best interests of the child. The support must generally be sufficient to take care of the child's medical needs and every day expenses.

What are the basic steps for getting a divorce in Wisconsin?

Each county in Wisconsin may have slightly different procedures or different names for various hearings in a divorce proceeding, but the fundamental structure for the process of a legal separation or divorce remains the same. There are a few essential things to put on a checklist and pay keen attention to before and during the divorce proceedings.

A decision needs to be made about how a couple parting ways wants to file for a divorce or a legal separation. It needs to be decided if a couple will file jointly or separately. Also, a temporary hearing before the Family Court may be requested if a couple cannot agree on certain issues, such as child custody, the use of automobiles, payment of bills, child placement, child support, spousal support, use of family residences or use of personal property, among other things.

Terrence Howard ordered to pay $325,000 as alimony

Divorce is a complicated situation in general and there are many different aspects of a divorce that affect the people involved. Alimony is a major part of a divorce and many divorces in Wisconsin involve alimony. Spousal support is taken very seriously by courts today. However, the amount of spousal maintenance depends entirely on the income of the paying spouse.

In a recent case of celebrity divorce, actor Terrence Howard has been asked to pay $325,000 in spousal maintenance to his ex wife, Michelle Ghent. The actor however, has stated that he earns only about $6,000 per month and therefore is incapable of paying the amount ordered. The actor who is in his mid forties has appeared in several successful films. He has said that he is not receiving any of the money he is said to be earning from his acting career.

Man faces felony charges for not paying child support

Family courts in Wisconsin treat child support matters seriously, much like the rest of America. Child support is very important to the successful upbringing of a child affected by divorce. When parents separate, a child's whole world is shaken emotionally along with a sense of financial insecurity creeping in.

Every child has financial needs. Every day expenses, educational expenses, extracurricular needs, medical expenses and other financial needs are common for any child. Courts are very strict when dealing with cases of failure to pay child support, so much so that often penalties are imposed in such cases.

Divorce and Financial Planning

Unfortunately, there are as many divorces in Wisconsin as in the rest of the United States. A divorce is a shattering event in an individual's life. Being one of the more challenging and tough experiences that a person faces in life, divorces almost always leave people emotionally exhausted. However, even through all of the emotional turmoil, individuals going through the process of separation must remember to prioritize their finances.

Property division forms the most important aspect of a divorce proceeding. This is where the assets once jointly owned by the couple are split and distributed between the two parties equitably. While the divorce is ongoing, estate planning must also be kept in mind and it is important for the ex-spouses to update the beneficiaries of their life insurance policies and other retirement accounts. If this is not done, it's possible that an ex-spouse may inherit the majority of these assets. A new will or a new trust can be created in order to avoid this problem.

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